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Preparing Your Kids for Army Relocation


posted Oct 22, 2015

Army relocation (or any type of military relocation) is never easy. It’s time-consuming, stressful and just an all-around hassle. But what makes that relocation even more difficult? Having kids.

You and your spouse may understand the reason behind the move, but your kids? You can bet they don’t. Their routine is being interrupted, they’ll be forced to leave close friends and teachers, and they’ll likely be feeling a little bit out-of-sorts.

Fortunately, with a little forethought and preparation, you can help prevent—or at least minimize—this discomfort and stress. Just take these steps, and make sure your kids are properly prepared for army relocation long before the big moving day rolls around:

  • Discuss the move with them – Sit them down and talk to them about why you’re moving and what that will entail. Make sure to outline how the move will change their lives, and what they can expect in the coming weeks and months. There shouldn’t be any surprises.
  • Involve them – Get your kids involved in your move. Bring them along to look at potential new homes, let them help with packing, and make the move something they can feel a part of – not a victim of.
  • Find things for them to be excited about – Start researching your new city, and find places or activities your kid can look forward to. Maybe there’s a sports team or club they can be a part of, or maybe their favorite restaurant or theme park is near your new home. Find things that your child can be excited about in your new town, and you’ll see a lot less resistance when the big day comes.

Are you preparing for army relocation? Then let Housing 1 Source help. While you prep your child for the big move, we can help with all the details – locating a home or apartment for your family, setting up utilities, enrolling your child in school, finding furniture and much more. Contact us today to learn more.